Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam

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The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. It is situated at the Oude Turfmarkt 127 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Artifacts from the ancient civilizations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria, and the Roman Empire are curated and exhibited in this museum.Allard PiersonThe name of the Allard Pierson Museum derives from the first professor of classical archaeology at the University of Amsterdam, Allard Pierson (1831–1896). This former clergyman was invited in 1877 to occupy the chair of Aesthetics, Art History, and Modern Languages at the newly founded university. His passion for antiquity, fuelled by his travels to the Mediterranean area, led to his assembling a collection of plaster casts from 1877 to 1895.FoundingThe second professor of archeology at the University of Amsterdam, Jan Six, had a large personal collection of books and antique objects. At his death in 1926, the university had interest in acquiring his collection. In 1932, Pierson's son Jan Lodewijk established the Allard Pierson Foundation in order to make the antiquities collection available for research and teaching. The collection was brought to a building on the Weesperzijde in Amsterdam, with the top floor serving as a museum.
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TripAdvisor
  • Their main collection is on ancient Egypt and a lot of the lower floor is given over to this. It has objects from early Egyptian history to the Roman period. While there is not a huge amount in some a...  more »
  • There is a lot of work going on at the Allard Pierson Museum at the moment, but don't let that put you off visiting because there is still a heck of a lot to see! The recently refurbished Roman area h...  more »
  • This is a small museum but if you are interested in Roman and Egyptian archeology then it's worth a visit. It's old school...no bells and whistles but everything was well explained and displayed. Ther...  more »
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  • The usual stuff for this type of museum. There was not much yo see actually... It was ok. Egyptian history is always interesting I guess.
  • Went here 2 weeks ago. While parts of museum were closed what remained can keep you focused and busy for hours. This is highly recommended place.
  • Excellent for classical civilization based research. Some excellent red on black extant finds and Ancient Olympics related evidence.
  • Is ancient history is your thing then this is the place to be! The museum specializes in the Mediterranean theater and has a real mummy
  • This museum and its management are crooks, thieves, fraudsters. They refuse to return collection of gold worth 1.5 - 2.0 billion euros back to the museums which own this collection. All decent people in the world must boycott these frigging, disgusting criminals and not to pay a cent to these thieves.